While the Thor movies may not be the most acclaimed of the Marvel Cinematic Universe entries, they have contained some of the franchise's most epic music, each created by a different composer. Patrick Doyle handled music duties for 2011's Thor, while Brian Tyler took over for 2013's Thor: The Dark World. Now that Thor: Ragnarok is in the middle of shooting in Australia, we've learned that neither men will be returning for the third movie. Instead, it looks like Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh will instead compose the God of Thunder and his supporting players.
Following rumors of his involvement hitting the web yesterday, It was reported by The Wrap that Mothersbaugh will handle scoring 2017's Thor: Ragnarok. From the early 1970s to early 1990s, he was the lead singer, keyboardist and co-founder of Devo, the band best known for their hit song, "Whip It." However, he's also spent much of his musical career composing soundtracks and scores for various movies, television shows and video games. In recent years, his movie contributions have included The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street (and its sequel), the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies, the Hotel Transylvania movies, Vacation and Pee-Wee's Big Holiday.
If you only know about Mark Mothersbaugh through his Devo work, then the first assumption is that Thor: Ragnarok will sound poppy, upbeat and a remnant of decades since passed. Wipe that out of your mind immediately. Mothersbaugh long list of musical credits clearly show the man knows what he's doing when it comes to composing, and Thor: Ragnarok will be his first chance to score a superhero movie. If his past work is any indication, it will probably sound amazing. Of course, given how apocalyptic this movie is implied to be, perhaps Mothersbaugh's music will sound more bombastic than before, though still with just the right amount of epic beats.
Thor Odison was last seen at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron going back to Asgard to investigate his prophetic dream and the Infinity Stones. Plot details surrounding Thor: Ragnarok are scarce, but the movie will see the eponymous protagonist traveling across the Nine Realms to prevent his brother Loki and Hel/Niffelheim's ruler Hela from causing untold destruction. His allies will include Avengers teammate Bruce Banner/The Hulk and fellow Asgardian warrior Valkyrie, but there will be plenty of other enemies to interfere with their mission, including the hedonistic Grandmaster, the savage Skurge and the fire demon Surtur. Heimdall and the All-Father Odin will also return to aid the God of Thunder.
Directed by Taika Waititi and written by Stephany Folsom, Thor: Ragnarok storms into theaters on November 3, 2017. Let us know what you think of Mark Mothersbaugh scoring the movie in the comments below.